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The 42nd Parallel
John Dos Passos
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1930



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With his U.S.A. Trilogy, comprising The 42nd Parallel, 1919 and The Big Money, John Dos Passos is said by many to have written the great American novel. While Fitzgerald and Hemingway were cultivating what Edmund Wilson once called their 'own little corners,' John Dos Passos was taking on the world. Counted as one of the best novels of the twentieth century by the Modern Library and by some of the finest writers working today, U.S.A. is a grand, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation, buzzing with history and life on every page.
The trilogy opens with The 42nd Parallel, where we find a young country at the dawn of the twentieth century. Slowly, in stories artfully spliced together, the lives and fortunes of five characters unfold. Mac, Janey, Eleanor, Ward, and Charley are caught on the storm track of this parallel and blown New Yorkward. As their lives cross and double back again, the likes of Eugene Debs, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie make cameo appearances.

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BOOKS BY JOHN DOS PASSOS:

Manhattan Transfer
1925
'Fast-paced'' vignettes in the lives of numerous characters create a portrait of New York City in the early twenties.
The 42nd Parallel
1930
'USA Trilogy': part I
Kaleidoscopic portrait of life in the United States of America in the 1920's.

The Big Money: 'USA trilogy' part III
1936

1919
1932
"USA Trilogy: part II"
Kaleidoscopic portrait of life in the United States of America in the 1920's.
U.S.A.
1930-1936
In this experimental trilogy, Dos Passos uses 'camera eye' and 'newsreel' sections to create a fragmented atmosphere. Through the testimony of numerous characters, both fictional and historical figures, he builds up a composite picture of American society in the first quarter of the 20th century.
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